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Posted Sunday, April 3, 2005

Thanks to the buckets of slime poured over me by Lipstadt and her gang, and before them for thirty years by those nice folks at the Anti-Defamation League, there is virtually no risk of anybody deliberately trying to steal my identity.

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March 30, 2005 (Wednesday)
Falls Church (Virginia)

A SMATTERING of heavy dreams including one in which I spy a Josephine, aged around seven, walking towards me in a yellow top and white shorts. I often think of her.

Mail-out today to North Carolina addresses. This message to Key West: "Just confirming once again my arrival in Key West late evening of May 1, departing July 1. I have 15,000 miles to drive between now and then, God willing."


March 31, 2005 (Thursday)
Falls Church (Virginia)

The David Irving dinner and talk in Washington DC

Host Peter Gemma, organiser in Washington DC

Invited stranger Avi Dov Klein seizes the opportunity to interrogate the guests

B. is very worried about the passport situation. It is likely that Jessica will not be able to travel to France, or if she does, might not be readmitted to the UK! How absurd. The third English chequebook that the bank sent her has finally arrived today, the other two have been stolen in the mail. In which connection -- the $700 I sent her from Tennessee has not yet arrived either. What criminal times we live in.

This comes from D. in Nevada: "As this is written, I am negotiating with a Professor of Political Science at UNLV for you to speak there. He has expressed interest but they are just getting back in the saddle after Passover. I called his office this morning and missed him.

I am thinking about St Tropez Hotel as an alternative venue. They have a good restaurant and offered us a good deal last time. A cook getting sick at the last minute caused us to have to go the other place. If the University is the venue, I doubt that 'they' will have the power to stop the talk. The Lipstadt Trial should be the topic in any case. I will advise you the instant I know more."

At four pm I drive over to the Grill in Washington DC to prepare for this evening's talk. Peter Gemma (above right) has organised. Big audience flows in to hear my behind-the-scenes revelations on the Lipstadt Trial, and eighty-four have paid him for the dinner. Sophia C comes along displaying much intelligence and cleavage, and wearing very fashionable clothes, expensive leather jacket, and exquisite Cleopatra make-up.

Andrea Cr. has flown down on the red-eye from Boston, with books to sign for her mother. Avi Dov Klein also turns up; he comes very politely to say goodbye afterwards, and reminds me that he has not caused any disturbances, as per our agreement.


This is true, but Peter Gemma afterwards tells me that he has observed this guest taking copious notes throughout, and "interviewing" guests (see picture, above). We do not normally allow journalists, so I wonder what he is up to.

Some old duffers hog the table with their questions, and I am inadvertently quite brusque in moving them along: "I live from selling books," I explain to one, a German, who still tarries, and he shuffles off muttering, much insulted. My own fault, I am very exhausted by the time these big events end. I must have shaken every hand in the room, many of them twice.

book signing

Book signing A lot of hands to be shaken too


April 1, 2005 (Friday)
Falls Church (Virginia)

I DREAM for what seems like hours that I am fixed to speak in St Paul's Cathedral on April 6; but that is not possible, as I am to speak in Raleigh, North Carolina, that day, etc. A puzzling kind of dream: a mixture of reality and fantasy, just below the surface of daylight consciousness.

Beatrice sends a message from Australia; she has had a lovely little girl, Olivia. "Hi Daddy, Mummy has booked her flight arriving here from Madrid 8 April. The cost was 1,177 Euros." I say I will pay half. That's what fathers are for. "What about walking-around money," I ask. "Will she have enough?" Thanks to their prime minister John Howard, I shall probably never see either.


ALL day today at the Manuscript Division in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. They are tougher than ever now with their ID requirements. Bin Laden must really hate all these bespectacled students and books. I idly wonder if I will glimpse Deborah Lipstadt here -- until I realise of course that learned scholars, such as she, are far above and beyond using original archival sources for their lofty deliberations. Press clippings suffice.

At first the staff are unable to locate the Heinrich Himmler letters but later, after I persist, they identify file PB 422 as emanating from the Publications Branch, whose files are over in the Science Division. That raises some hopes that others have not yet seen the files. The file has 27 "items" and will be produced to me in the Adams Building tomorrow.

I phone Jessica briefly from the Library entrance. B. is too unwell to come to the phone. Jessica says the £400 fee we have paid for her school trip to France trip is non-returnable. No passport yet. Unlikely she will get one. She is stateless, thanks to Tony Blair, Bin Laden, and the US terrorism hysteria epidemic.

In the evening I watch an old Cary Grant movie, very poor, in black and white, with wooden acting and a wretched script.


April 2, 2005 (Saturday)
Falls Church (Virginia)

I E-MAIL to both gentlemen in Nevada: "It is unlikely I can speak at Tonopah on this trip; it is cutting things too short; if I were heading north after Las Vegas to Sacramento it would of course be perfect; let's do it next time, in about a year. Stay in touch."

O S reports a "David Irving Sighting," in the Canadian edition of Time magazine dated March 28, a "Blogwatch" on the bottom righthand corner of page eight. "Two mugshots of Deborah Lipstadt and David Irving are shown side by side; with a feeble effort at humour via conflating Mr Irving with Osama bin Laden and Professor Lipstadt with the somewhat less virile-looking World Bank head, Paul Wolfowitz." I wonder if that is in the US edition too?

In Canada of course I cannot defend myself, having been bündled out of the country in November 1992 in handcuffs, and in rather less luxury than the executive jet bestowed on Ernst Zündel for his deportation.


TEN a.m. I produce my picture ID at the Adams Building's Science Library. I reflect that thanks to the buckets of mucous slime spewed over me by Lipstadt and her gang, and before them for thirty years by those nice folks at the Anti-Defamation League, there is virtually no risk of anybody deliberately trying to steal my identity.

My Library of Congress, Hoover, and other archive IDs, and all my other cards were lifted from my pocket at O'Hare airport two years ago: I can just imagine the faces when the thieves realized whose identity they now had within their grasp. Their faces must have been black.

"You foo, Tyrone, don' you see -- he be da no-tory-iss Holocaust Denier!"
"My bad, G! How c'I bin so stoopit!" "Hey brutha, hode up. Wussuh holla cost?"

The Science & Technology Section holds report PB 442; it turns out to be a report on Himmler's family documents looted from his home in 1945 by a CIC Detachment under Special Agent Lawless of Bad Tölz, on May 28 1945, five days after Himmler's demise.

The document is a disappointment, only two pages. It is a description and inventory of twenty-seven files seized from his home. The box of papers ("in disorderly array" and throwing "considerable light on Himmler's private life and early activities") is described as measuring 30 inches by twelve inches by fifteen inches, but is nowhere to be found. Just like the cache of Hitler's letters to Eva Braun and her diaries, which a CIC detachment also seized in 1945.

A more intensive search will now begin. "They will be indispensable," assesses John T Krumpelmann of the State Department in PB 442, "should anyone ever want to write the real story of Himmler." Quite so.


MIDDAY over to the Madison Building in a torrential downpour, and I resume reading wartime Himmler documents until five pm. There is one particular box I shall ask for on Monday: It is a dossier which Heinrich Himmler was evidently keeping on Hitler's ancestry, rather as FBI director J Edgar Hoover assembled fat dossiers of dirt, ADL-style, on rich and influential Americans, for President Franklin D Roosevelt (and no doubt on FDR himself).

Himmler turned his dossier over to Martin Bormann in January 1944. It contains "photographic portraits 1890-1929 alleged to represent parents and other relatives of Hitler. These were confiscated by the SD [Sicherheitsdienst] as they supposedly indicate Hitler's real family background."

Aloisia VeitAnother list identifies them as "Miscellaneous files re Hitler family and relatives including the Alois Hitler, Schickelgruber and Veit families, originals with covering letter and content list from Himmler to Bormann (January 23, 1944), 1844-77." The accompanying photos have been transferred to the Division of Prints and Photographs.

The Veit family was the branch that boasted of a number of imbeciles and brain-damaged members. At least one of them, Hitler's insane cousin Aloisia Veit, left, was put to death in an Austrian euthanasia hospital during the war.

Odd that nobody else seems to have followed up this lead, while willingly believing all the tripe and psycho-babble which emerges from old OSS files about the Führer -- and which is being rehashed and served up again even as I write these lines.


THE trawl through Himmler's files is productive. I recall that in the Lipstadt trial Prof Robert Jan van Pelt pooh-poohed the revisionist argument that the metal gas-tight door with peephole being installed early in 1943 in Leichenkeller II -- the reinforced concrete below-ground Standard air raid shelter doormortuary -- in Crematorium I at Auschwitz was in fact a standard steel air-raid shelter door (see advert in German wartime civil defence magazine, right), designed to keep (British) poison gases out, rather than any lethal Nazi gases in.

Pelt had argued that this chamber was in fact a homicidal gas chamber: in one video which I showed the Court, he even called it the "geocentre" of the Holocaust, a building in which half a million were killed with Zyklon B cyanide pellets (even though no significant residue of cyanide-compound has ever subsequently been found in its fabric).

Pelt stolidly denied that there were air raids on Auschwitz in 1943. There was no reason whatsoever for Auschwitz to fear air raids, argued this learned Dutch-Jewish-Canadian academic in his hired testimony for Lipstadt, and he described the whole air-raid shelter theory as absurd.

In Box 403 of the Himmler collection I now find a letter from Himmler to the two SS generals who ran the concentration camp system between them, dated Feb 8(?), 1943: "Lieber Pohl!" it begins,

„Lieber Glücks! Je länger der Krieg dauert, je größer die Belastung wird und je mehr wir mit Luftangriffen auch auf Konzentrationslager rechnen müssen, umso mehr haben wir alle Dinge vorauszudenken, um das Ausbrechen von Häftlingen aus einem KL. zu verhindern. Die Möglichkeiten sind folgende: . . ."

So Himmler was anticipating air raids on the concentration camps themselves as early as that -- just about the time that the crucial changes were made to the blueprints to ready that underground chamber for us as an air-raid shelter. Gas-tight doors!

I find too the first report from Auschwitz to Himmler of an air raid on the camp, dated May 8, 1943. Yes, sometimes -- when it suits them -- even the most expensively paid expert can get things wrong. In the Lipstaadt Trial it was a key issue, as Mr Justice Gray stated in his annihilating Judgment that the existence of this steel gastight door was the clinching evidence in his mind that the chamber was being built as a homicidal gas chamber, and that no historian could reasonably conclude otherwise.


Pope John Paul POPE John-Paul has died, the television news announces. We are filled with profound and dutiful sorrow. Many years ago, soon after he was first installed by the College of Cardinals in 1979, the story was whispered around that in 1939, as the then nineteen-year old Karol Wojtyla, he had participated in the "Bromberger Blutsonntag" in Poland in which bloodthirsty and hate-crazed Poles massacred around seven thousand ethnic Germans in the town of Bromberg (today Bydgoszcz) on the first Sunday of WW2.

I published this item, unnoticed, in my little newsletter Focal Point in about 1981. The rumours had it that he had in consequence been sought by the Gestapo throughout the war, during which he had gone underground in Krakow.

After the war, said the same rumours, his name had remained inscribed on Germany's Police Gazette or watch list, the Polizeiliches Fahndungsblatt, and it stayed there until the Pope's first state visit to Germany; whereupon it was swiftly removed.

I dislike repeating such stories without a foundation, and around 1980 I asked the Federal German Archives for access to the relevant files of the Polizeiliches Fahndungsblatt. No luck: they had been misplaced or lost, I was informed in the Bundesarchiv's reply. 

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